A regular family night is important to us — to step back from the everyday, enjoy spending time together, and create lasting memories for our girls. Last year, we scheduled a monthly excursion, paid for primarily through family memberships, gifts, and daily deal sites. Because we’re stepping up our debt elimination plan, this year’s family fun will have to be even more frugal.
This year, we’ve decided to be homebodies, while still enjoying our time together. Some months we’ll stick with our old favorite, movie night. But, I’m determined to make a go of family game night, too!
On New Year’s Eve, we spent the evening playing board games and Wii games — and had an absolute blast! Last night, my family joined us for a rousing extended-family game of Wii Pictionary. We hung out for hours — playing, laughing, and creating the inside jokes that become the stuff of family legend, with a big batch of Chex Mix to share. The inexpensive snack just makes anything feel like a party.
Family Game Night is officially a keeper — and it doesn’t cost a thing!
Our collection of board games, video games, and movies will make for free family nights all year long. The only trick is come up with games the teen will enjoy that are simple enough for our 6-year-old to understand. It’s a bit of a challenge with such an age range (not to mention that most kids’ board games basically suck).
Card games are often a hit — especially with this brilliant card holder for kids. I can’t believe it’s never ocurred to me to use a chip clip to help the girls keep their cards under control. Here are a few games that have been the biggest hit so far:
What are your favorite family games?
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